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Engineering - Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Engineering at Wakefield College

Course description

This Diploma is designed to help you gain a wide range of technical skills and knowledge which will enable you to progress to the Extended Diploma and prepare you for a career in either Electrical/Electronic or Mechanical Engineering.

Course content

What you will study

For this Diploma you will study the following topics, which will prepare you for specialisation in Electrical/Electronic or Mechanical Engineering if you progress to Extended Diploma:

  • Health & Safety
  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Electro Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
  • Principles and Application of Electronic Devices

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C.  This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4) including both English and Maths
5 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4), plus grade 3 in either English and Maths, and Level 1 Functional Skills in the other


Each unit is assessed by assignments and/or tests.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residential etc. which are payable by all students.

Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

Progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical/Electronic or Mechanical Engineering.

Career opportunities

Completion of this course will enable you to apply for an Advanced Apprenticeship.  You could also apply for a wide range of highly skilled jobs as a technician engineer in electrical, electronic or mechanical engineering or in the manufacturing industry.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.